Commenting on the Richard Stallman’s comment on cloud computing:
“One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control,” he said. “It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless. You’re putty in the hands of whoever developed that software.”
Nonsense, the minute I find a better alternative to Gmail I can move all my data there, how exactly am I defenseless?
“It’s stupidity. It’s worse than stupidity: it’s a marketing hype campaign,”
Based on what? Your fallacious arguments?
First of all he is generalizing cloud computing into the usual services, like Gmail. There are other kinds of cloud computing, like OpenID, if I use myopenid.com I would be in his simplistic “locked state”, but I can setup my own server with my own OpenID provider, and link them together. I’m in complete control.
To me his position is obvious: everyone should stop using anything that is not FSF blessed and wait until we come up with the only sane alternative, otherwise you are stupid. Perhaps we should stop being productive, stop using Linux and wait for Hurd… I’ll better just ignore him.
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